Sunday, January 22, 2012

Buying mitzvah items during the Nine Days


One may purchase tefillin during the Nine Days, as these are purchased for their mitzvah.

One may not purchase a Tallit, because it is a garment and it is important enough to warrant a Shehechiyanu.

One may purchase a Tallit Katan (tzitzit) if the garment is not significant to him [I believe the definition of significance is in terms of the joy it brings the wearer].

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:80)

Have a great day,


  1. Regarding not buying a tallit, most people recite Shehechiyanu when they first wear it, not when they buy it. So why wouldn't you be allowed to buy it and then wear make your Shehechiyanu after the Nine Days (or on Shabbos)? And what if you buy it online and only receive it after the Tisha B'Av?

  2. Ben-
    Regarding your first question - It appears that the berachah should be recited upon purchasing it; see my post here.

    Regarding your second question - I'm not sure.